Meet the Candidates: 2020

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Zach Jones, Assistant Editor of Copy and Sports

As the election draws closer, many Lindale students are gearing up to vote for the very first time on November 3. Whether you are voting this election, are not old enough yet, or are not sure who to vote for, knowing the political platforms of each candidate in an election is important.

The four ballot-qualifying candidates and their platforms are listed in alphabetical order and information about current issues has been taken directly from their official websites or their official party platforms. Many issues that keep changing or without clear positions have been omitted.

 

 

Democratic Party Green Party Libertarian Party Republican Party
Joe Biden Howie Hawkins Jo Jorgensen Donald Trump
 

 

 

 

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Abortion
  • Pro-Choice
  • Pro-Choice
  • Pro-Choice
  • Pro-Life
Criminal Justice
  • Opposes the Death Penalty
  • Supports the decriminalization of marijuana
  • Opposes the Death Penalty
  • Supports the decriminalization of marijuana
  • Opposes the Death Penalty
  • Supports decriminalization of marijuana
  • Supports the Death Penalty
  • Opposes decriminalization of marijuana
Economy
  • Supports regulation of the free market
  • Supports raising taxes for those over $400,000
  • Hopes to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour
  • In favor of a socialization of the economy
  • In favor of a wealth tax
  •  supports increase of the minimum wage to more than $15 an hour
  • Supports a very hands-off approach to the economy
  • Opposes the wealth tax
  • Supports abolishing the income tax and the minimum wage and believes market forces should determines wage
  • Mostly hands-off approach to the economy with some regulation
  • Opposes wealth tax
  • Opposes a raise to the minimum wage due to the increase of costs
  • Supports tax cuts but not total abolition
Environment
  • Supports increasing regulations to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050
  • Supports phasing out fracking
  • Supports the “Green New Deal”
  • Supports increasing regulations and spending to combat climate change
  • Opposes fracking
  • Opposes more stringent environmental regulations
  • Supports fracking
  • Opposes the Green New Deal
  • Opposes more stringent environmental regulations
  • Supports fracking
  • Opposes the Green New Deal
Social Issues
  • Supports more stringent gun laws
  • Supports a federal buyback on the sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines
  • Opposes assisted suicide
  • Supports more stringent gun laws
  • Supports a federal buyback of assault weapons
  • Supports assisted suicide
  • Opposes more stringent gun laws
  • Opposes a federal buyback of assault weapons
  • Supports assisted suicide
  • Opposes more stringent gun laws
  • Opposes a federal buyback of assault weapons
  • Opposes assisted suicide